Last Friday I was teaching at Social Fabric in Totnes and Caroline now stocks a small but very beautiful collection of fabrics. I was very tempted but I managed to resist most of the fabric and only got 1/2m each of these two prints.
One of my problems is that I don't like following patterns. That's why I started designing knitwear. Apparently I have the same problem with sewing. But I do think I need to follow sewing patterns as they do teach me new things every time I do follow a pattern.
At Yarndale, the lovely lady from Future Publishing, who was on the stall next to us, gave me a copy of Mollie Makes. It was the first time I read Mollie Makes but it won't be the last. This little bag caught my eye.
Instead of a button and button loop I added a magnetic popper. The pattern was easy to follow but I wish I'd made the handles longer but I didn't have enough fabric to do that. The only part of the pattern I struggled with was joining the top of the handles.
I love pockets and this bag didn't have any so I added a small zipped pocket and 2 mobile phone size slip pockets and a pen pocket. I don't have 2 mobile phones but the second slip pocket can hold my knitters tool tin or a pack of tissues and lip stick. The bag is fairly big. Slightly bigger than the pattern and I love it.
Last week I made another bag. See, I told you it's an obsession! I found a pretty pale blue spotty laminated cotton fabric at our local Trago Mills (the Liskeard branch has a big fabric department which cheap fabric). I used the pink flower fabric for the lining (yes it's the same as the lining for the Mollie Makes bag).
I love this bag and have been using it since I finished it. I used some clip on handles. The only thing I don't like about this bag is that it's a bit too tall. I could probably do with cutting an inch or two off the bottom of the bag but I struggled sewing the bottom on so I may just leave it.
I wanted a pocket to put my Nexus 7 tablet in so I made a padded front pocket. I also put a mobile phone pocket in this pocket so I can grab my phone quickly.
Inside the main bag I've got a loop to attach my keys to, a zipped pocket and a 'phone sized' slip pockets and 2 pen pockets.
The top of the main compartment has a zip. I did forget to add the handle loops before I put the zipper in so had to unpick 4 small sections to add the handle tabs. The bag is big enough for all my day to day stuff plus a small knitting project bag. Apart from the Mollie Makes bag this is my favourite bag so far and yes, it's my own design.
I've done a lot of knitting this week too but I'll share that tomorrow. My next sewing project will be a bag to use for my teaching supplies. I've got a pattern for that.